Strength of schedule is calculated from the opponents projected fantasy points allowed for the RB position. The best rating is +16 which gives the player the advantage against the defense and indicates an easy opponent, the worst rating is -16 which gives the defense the advantage and indicates a tough opponent.
The must-start Foster is a strong play versus a Jacksonville Jaguars defense that yielded an average of 105.5 rushing yards and 1.0 rushing touchdown per contest to opposing running backs during the last month. Back in Week 14, he rushed for 127 yards and one touchdown on 24 carries against the Jaguars. Since Houston still has an outside chance to make the postseason, Foster and company will be playing their best all afternoon.
Foster saw his 2013 season come to an end after only eight games due to a back injury that required surgery last November. That's the bad news. The good news is that Foster has been medically cleared and will be ready for training camp. More good news is that Foster actually looked sharp and fresh last season. The shaky quarterback situation in Houston could allow defenses to stack the box in an effort to contain Foster and force the team to throw. After incurring a massive workload from 2010-2012, there is some concern that Foster could be wearing down as he's struggled with hamstring issues. The extended break and recovery time from back surgery should see him enter the 2014 season as healthy as he's been in recent years. The addition of former Giants running back Andre Brown is no threat to Foster's workload and he'll continue to be a three-down player. Look for a bounce-back season for the soon to be 28-year-old, but the days of Foster posting top-5 fantasy totals are over.
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